A Weekend Of Wednesdays
A Festival of Cinematic Activism
Saturday 8th – Sunday 9th September 2018
For the first time ever Yellow Wednesdays presents a full Weekend of Wednesdays! Bringing cinematic activism across two full days. Expect everything from ‘fire in the belly’ uprising through to small actions for global change, WoW brings new films and old together with a whole host of special guests to get you feeling excited, uplifted and inspired to create change.
Hosted over 2 days at Impact Hub Birmingham, day one plays host to a programme full of social protest and civil rights. Starting with a historic look at Black Radicalism in 1967 follows by a short film programme inspired by acts of social protest and then finishing with the powerful Generation Revolution.
Throughout the day expert panellists will be there to facilitate discussion and give fascinating insights into the day’s themes.
Saturday 8th September:
11.30-14.00: The Black Power Mixtape + Discussion on Black Radicalism with Kehinde Andrews
We kick off the first ever Weekend of Wednesdays with a poignant look at social protest in America. Coupled with a discussion on Black Radicalism throughout history, the very first event of the festival looks to be an important reminder of social action historically through to the present day.
The Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975 is a 2011 documentary film that examines the evolution of the Black Power movement in American society from 1967 to 1975. Featuring interviews with Angela Davis, Bobby Seale, Huey P. Newton, Eldridge Cleaver, and other activists, artists, and leaders central to the movement. This screening will be followed by a discussion led by academic, activist and author Kehinde Andrews who leads the development of the Black Studies degree and is director of the Centre for Critical Social Research; founder of the Harambee Organisation of Black Unity and co-chair of the Black Studies Association
Lunch is provided by award winning vegetarian & vegan social enterprise Change Kitchen who pride themselves on serving ethical, locally sourced, organic food. Expect roasted vegetable wraps, rolls, spinach & feta pretzels, incredible salad, fruit and drinks. £8 on the day.
15.00- 17.00 Rise Up!
Featuring award winning shorts from around the world, the Rise Up! short film programme has something for everyone. Highlights include Black Panthers as well as a selection of Channel 4 Random Acts films.
17.30-19.30: Generation Revolution + Discussion Panel
To close the first day of Weekend Of Wednesdays we have a powerful and inspiring film that gives an insight into the work and conditions of young revolutionaries in the UK. Generation Revolution is a feature-length documentary film that brings to screen the powerful story of London’s new generation of black and brown activists who are set on changing the social and political landscape in the capital and beyond.
Following the screening a discussion panel will be led by artists and activists from the UK.
Sunday 9th September
Day 2 is all about taking action. Starting with the beautifully inspiring Tomorrow coupled with a talk on sustainability over brunch, the day progresses to a short film programme that looks at women doing incredible things, alongside a talk from internationally renowned documentary photographer Alison Baskerville. Bringing the festival to a close is Human Flow. An uncompromising look at the global refugee crisis directed by artist and filmmaker Ai WeiWei. Not to be missed, the conclusion to the festival includes a panel of experts leading a discussion on how we can support refugees both locally and globally.
11.30-14.30: Tomorrow + Pay As You Feel Lunch with TRJFP
Kicking off the final day of Weekend Of Wednesdays is a powerful and optimistic documentary about people making alternative and creative solutions to some of the problems the world faces. Described by The L.A Times as “A forward-thinking take on addressing the demise of the human race”.
TOMORROW is not just a film, it is the beginning of a movement seeking to encourage local communities around the world to change the way they live for the sake of our planet. Filmmakers Mélanie Laurent and Cyril Dion travel worldwide to investigate concrete solutions to environmental and social challenges.
The Real Junk Food Project will be leading a discussion around sustainable diets and food activism over a pay as you feel brunch. TRJFP are a global movement aiming to abolish surplus food through a variety of Pay As You Feel concepts.
She Inspires is a short film programme focussing on incredible Womxn around the world. Highlights include Boarders Without Borders, the all female, all BAME long boarding crew and Single Room Occupancy, an ex bond girl fighting the gentrification of her neighbourhood. International documentary photographer and founder of @_ROAAAR, Alison Baskerville speaks about her journey, the barriers she faced as an army photographer and using her platform to tell important stories.
17.30-21.00: Human Flow + Panel discussion around supporting refugees
Our final film of Weekend Of Wednesdays is the incredible Human Flow. Shot over 23 countries, Human Flow brings the realities of the global refugee crisis to our screen with powerful and staggering imagery. Directed by world renowned artist and filmmaker Ai WeiWei this is a ‘must see’ viewing. Accompanied on the night by a panel of experts offering advice and opening discussion on what we can do, to support refugees locally and worldwide.
Tickets for individual screenings and panel are £5 and WoW Day Passes are £10 and WoW Weekend Passes are £20.
All tickets can be booked here.
Yellow Wednesdays is a monthly film night at Impact Hub Birmingham showing everything from local artists, interesting indies and super social commentaries.
As the golden sunlight from a warm Brummie sunset glistens through the windows of Impact Hub Birmingham, members and guests alike close the lids of laptops and breathe a sigh of relief as another day of world changing activities comes to a close. Meanwhile, a laptop lid is opened, coffee is poured and seats are dragged into a seating arrangement fit for the kings, queens and all those in between, ready to consume another evening of spectacular film programming.
Yellow Wednesdays brings a mix of cinema, from the submissions of local Brummies, through to the more ‘Cannes film festival’ less ‘Odeon multiplex’, captivating stories from all other the world. We aim to bring a rich and diverse programme of films to fill your year, and you can catch it all at Impact Hub Birmingham, every 3rd Wednesday of the month.
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